PFL featherweight and men’s lightweight playoffs: Live recap and reactions

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After a wild first night of action, which saw Kayla Harrison, Larissa Pacheco, Ray Cooper III and David Michaud clinch their spots in the $1 million finals of their respective divisions, Thursday marks the second stanza of the PFL playoffs.

Sixteen fighters enter the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas in the featherweight and men’s lightweight divisions with the hope of doing the same. That group includes defending champions Natan Shulte and Lance Palmer, the defending champions, who each hope to make it a repeat performance in 2019.

Palmer and Schulte are the favorites entering Thursday night, as the No. 1 seeds, but like everyone else hoping to make the finals, they will have to win twice in one night to seal the deal.

The broadcast is live on ESPN2, with coverage moving over to ESPN+ at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Brett Okamoto is live in Las Vegas to break down the night’s action, as it happens.


Featherweight quarterfinal: No. 1 Lance Palmer vs. No. 9 Gadzhi Rabadanov

Fight in progress.


Still to come:

Featherweight quarterfinal: No. 4. Alex Gilpin vs. No. 5 Andre Harrison

Featherweight quarterfinal: No. 3 Movlid Khaybulaev vs. No. 6 Daniel Pineda

Featherweight quarterfinal: No. 2 Luis Rafael Laurentino vs. No. 7 Jeremy Kennedy

Lightweight quarterfinal: No. 1 Natan Schulte vs. No. 8 Ramsey Nijem

Featherweight semifinal: Winner of 1 vs. 8 / Winner of 4 vs. 5

Lightweight quarterfinal: No. 4 Akhmet Aliev vs. No. 5 Rashid Magomedov

Lightweight quarterfinal: No. 2 Islam Mamedov vs. No. 7 Loik Radzhabov

Lightweight quarterfinal: No. 3 Chris Wade vs. No. 6 Nate Andrews

Featherweight semifinal: Winner of 2 vs. 7 / Winner of 3 vs. 6

Lightweight semifinal: Winner of 1 vs. 8 / Winner of 4 vs. 5

Lightweight semifinal: Winner of 2 vs. 7 / Winner of 3 vs. 6

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